And How Could I Have Forgotten

these 117 words for snow, perhaps my favorite passage featuring snow ever, from James Joyce's novella The Dead:

Yes, the newspapers were right: snow was general all over Ireland. It was falling on every part of the dark central plain, on the treeless hills, falling softly up on the Bog of Allen and, farther westward, softly falling into the dark mutinous Shannon waves. It was falling, too, upon every part of the lonely churchyard on the hill where Michael Furey lay buried. It lay thickly drifted on the crooked crosses and headstones, on the spears of the little gate, on the barren thorns. His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.

Geez, I wish I had written that.

1 comment:

Gretchen H. said...

James JOyce is my favorite! That story was a great end to the Dubliners. =) Hard to believe it has been almost 100 years since that was written.